2021 ACI Fall Conference

Dec. 1-2, 2021 (Virtual)


We are excited to share with you our virtual program, filled with relevant topics in higher education and exceptional speakers that are eager to share their insights. We are featuring four unique tracks, each offering three 45-minute sessions.

This opportunity is sponsored by BKD CPAs & Advisors and is exclusively for staff of member colleges and universities, as well as other ACI affiliates.

Questions? Please contact Daisy Gomez, ACI director, events and scholarships at or 312-263-2391, ext. 0.

Advancement Track – Wednesday, Dec. 1

9 a.m. Relationship Building, Metrics and Managing in a Comprehensive Campaign
Speakers: Peter Fissinger, Campbell & Company
Adrian Aldrich, North Central College

10 a.m. Planning for Planned Giving: What Do I Need to Know and Am I Ready?
Speakers: Judy Gadiel, Evolve Giving Group
Erika Moczulewski, Evolve Giving Group

11 a.m. Strategically Engaging Alumni Through Cohesive Campus Partnerships
Facilitator: Eric B. Johnson, Knox College

Finance Track – Wednesday, Dec. 1

1 p.m. Financial Planning and Reporting
Speakers: Kimberly Marshall, BKD CPAs & Advisors
Nicholas J. Wallace, BKD CPAs & Advisors

2 p.m. Vaccines, Masks and Exemptions, Oh My: Complying with COVID Issues in 2021/2
Speakers: Daniel A. Kaufman, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP 
Kirk A. Pelikan, Michael Best & Friedrich LLP 

3 p.m. Doing More with Less: Cost Cutting and Collaboration  
Speaker: Jennifer deHart, Wisconsin Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

Public Relations and Marketing Track – Thursday, Dec. 2

9 a.m. Exploring Ways to ‘Buy Back’ Your Discount Rate
Speaker: Wade Eyerly, Degree Insurance 

10 a.m. Higher Education Websites are Overwhelming
Speaker: Xavier-Thomas Mendoza, Loyola University Chicago

11 a.m. Discussing Effective PR and Marketing Strategies in Higher Education
Facilitator: Angie Winschel, Almanac

Student Engagement Track – Thursday, Dec. 2

1 p.m. The Relevance of Diversity in the Modern Workplace: A Practical Approach for Establishing and Attaining Diverse Experiential Experiences
Speaker: Rita Reinhardt, Blackburn College 

2 p.m. Centering Campus DEI Work and Moving Strategic Planning Forward
Speaker: Regina Johnson, Monmouth College 

3 p.m. Social Justice: In the Classroom, Campus and Streets
Facilitators: McKendree University staff and faculty


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